Mazzeo brings ‘Eliza Hamilton’ to Left Bank

Sep 13, 2018
Tilar J. Mazzeo of Camden is a New York Times bestselling author and professor at Colby College.

Belfast — Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., invites the public to an author talk and book signing to celebrate the release of “Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton” by New York Times bestselling author, and Camden resident, Tilar J. Mazzeo Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

Previous books by Mazzeo include “The Widow Clicquot,” “The Secret of Chanel No. 5,” “Hotel on the Place Vendôme” and “Irena’s Children.” Eliza Schuyler Hamilton has captivated the hearts of thousands through Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical phenomenon “Hamilton.” Drawing from an impressive breadth of sources, Mazzeo shows what made Eliza, in the words of her husband, Alexander, the “best of wives, best of women.”

“Eliza Hamilton” is the first full biography of this remarkable woman who was a powerful, unsung hero of our country’s early days. Mazzeo follows Eliza from her early years as a pioneer girl, to loyal wife and devoted mother, to her remarkable charity, to the aftermath of Alexander’s death and to preserving the legacy of the Hamilton name in her later years.

Eliza and Alexander were married for 24 years. Although her story often ends with his death in 1804, she lived another 50 years, until the age of 97. A single mother of eight children and wife of a man who had been orphaned in childhood, Eliza was passionate about the lives of children. In 1806, she was one of the founders of the first private orphanage in New York City and became its director in 1821. The organization she helped to found exists today as Graham Windham, the oldest nonprofit and nonsectarian child welfare agency in America.

To reserve a seat at this free event, or to order copies of “Eliza Hamilton” in advance, call 338-9009 or email leftbank@myfairpoint.net. Left Bank Books is located in the historic Opera House block across from the police station. Ample on-street parking is available in front of the shop and in an adjacent parking lot.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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